Humans and climate
EDITOR: I learned about man’s impact on the weather in my high school ecology class in 1968. Mr. Bethell (Rick the Stick as the students called him) showed us the increase in atmospheric carbon and the increase since the industrial revolution. Not surprising, the curve and Earth’s humanoid population were an exact match. This was fact, long before the topic of global warming became political.
He also told us that if we weren’t part of the solution, we were part of the problem. I know this affected me; our family is far from perfect, but we drive hybrid cars, have an EV system and limited our family to two children.
I put Donald Trump’s denial of man’s impact alongside flat-Earth theory, the idea that everything on Earth was created as it is — all at once — and that cigarette smoking hasn’t been shown to cause cancer. Whether he acknowledges man’s impact doesn’t change our ability to choose what we drive or how we live or our ability to make a difference. What he believes, whether from greed or ignorance, should not affect anyone’s choice to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
EDITOR: So let me get this straight (“Tweaking rules to ease widening rental crunch,” Sunday). I find myself with a home that has an extra room in it. Maybe an in-law unit, maybe a spare bedroom. I’m a social creature and like meeting people from different areas and countries, but I also like my privacy and don’t want a permanent tenant. The ideal solution for me is to rent the space for short term stays.
But wait. The government in its infinite wisdom knows what I should be doing with my property and has decided that I can’t do that, that I instead should rent my extra space on a permanent basis. But I don’t want to do that. So the space is empty, benefiting no one.
Anyone who thinks California is the land of the free is not a property owner.
Dealing with bullies
EDITOR: Regarding Saturday’s article about a 14-year-old boy being arrested (“Teen boy arrested in school gun threat”), there is no question on my part that he should have been arrested. But Michael Kellison, the superintendent of the Oak Grove School District, gave no assurance that the incidents that prompted the boy’s response — the bullying of the boy at Willowside Middle School — had in any way been dealt with. That’s not very encouraging.
Kellison “stressed that students were never in any danger Friday,” the article said. Apparently, the 14-year-old boy felt that previously he was in enough danger “that he threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot classmates who were bullying him.”
It seems to me that the bullying needs to be dealt with. In no way did the 14-year-old do the right thing, but up until his threat, he was the victim here.
EDITOR: Although I understand the desire of many South Korea citizens to normalize relations with North Korea, I’m afraid it will never happen (“S Korea may reset relations,” Saturday). The U.S. will never allow a political and diplomatic rapprochement between these countries.